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Potential anniversary-themed reads for 2010

A few months ago I got the idea to create a reading queue based on anniversary. There were quite a few great books celebrating more or less significant birthdays in 2009.

Continuing the idea, here’s a list of possibilities to choose from for 2010, with the ordinal in parentheses. The list is skewed to 20th Century lit since I didn’t go farther back in my searching except for certain authors — there will be scads of additional selections available if you feel like looking around. Feel free to offer any other suggestions in the comments.

I’ll strike out those I get around to reading during the year.

  • The Brothers Karamazov (130th) – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Rhinoceros (50th) – Eugene Ionesco
  • The Town and the City (60th) – Jack Kerouac
  • Immortality (20th) – Milan Kundera
  • Devil in a Blue Dress (20th) – Walter Mosley
  • Skinny Legs and All (20th) – Tom Robbins
  • Cosmos (30th) – Carl Sagan
  • The Bachelors (50th) – Muriel Spark
  • The Ballad of Peckham Road (50th) – Muriel Spark
  • The Snake’s Pass (120th) – Bram Stoker
  • The Sleeper Awakes (100th) – H.G. Wells
  • Jeeves in the Offing (50th) – P.G. Wodehouse

Complete:

  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (30th) – Douglas Adams
  • I, Robot (60th) – Isaac Asimov
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (25th) – Margaret Atwood
  • Martian Chronicles (60th) – Ray Bradbury
  • Ender’s Game (25th) – Orson Scott Card
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (10th) – Michael Chabon
  • Farewell, My Lovely (70th) – Raymond Chandler
  • The Sign of Four (120th) – Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Baudolino (10th) – Umberto Eco
  • The Name of the Rose (30th) – Umberto Eco
  • LA Confidential (20th) – James Ellroy
  • As I Lay Dying (80th) – William Faulkner
  • Love in the Time of Cholera (25th) – Gabriel García Márquez
  • The Difference Engine (20th) – William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
  • The Marble Faun (150th) – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls (70th) – Ernest Hemingway
  • The Cider House Rules (25th) – John Irving
  • Tristessa (50th) – Jack Kerouac
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (50th) – Harper Lee
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz (50th) – Walter M. Miller
  • Ringworld (40th) – Larry Niven
  • The Violent Bear It Away (50th) – Flannery O’Connor
  • Hemingway’s Chair (15th) – Michael Palin
  • Good Omens (20th) – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • Still Life with Woodpecker (30th) – Tom Robbins
  • Contact (25th) – Carl Sagan
  • Green Eggs and Ham (50th) – Dr. Seuss
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (50th) – Dr. Seuss
  • Zeitgeist (10th) – Bruce Sterling
  • The Artificial Kid (30th) – Bruce Sterling
  • A Confederacy of Dunces (30th) – John Kennedy Toole
  • The Accidental Tourist (25th) – Anne Tyler
  • Hocus Pocus (20th) – Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Age of Innocence (90th) – Edith Wharton
  • Mrs. Dalloway (85th) – Virginia Woolf